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India: Bar Council of India Seeks Specialised Security Force for Judges under the Supreme Court

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Security force, Judges

Recently, a chilling video of a judge allegedly being murdered as he strolled out for a morning walk had raised serious questions on the safety of judges in India. The Bar council has approached the Supreme Court stating that instead of relying solely on government-controlled forces, a separate specialised security force needs to be constituted under the judiciary for the protection of judges, lawyers and witnesses. The BCI also argued that Article 146 of the Constitution gives enough power to the Supreme Court to do the same. The BCI opposed the Central Government’s averment that a special unit within the Police Force be given the duty. The petition averred that a force similar to the Parliament Security Service could be assigned the duty of protecting the above-mentioned classes of persons.